Acclaimed television and film screenwriter Aaron Sorkin says that Philip Seymour Hoffman's shocking death from heroin abuse probably saved lives.
Yes, you read that correctly.
"Phil Hoffman and I had two things in common," writes Sorkin. "We were both fathers of young children, and we were both recovering drug addicts."
Hoffman died Sunday at age 46. He first met Sorkin on the set of the 2007 movie Charlie Wilson's War, for which Sorkin had penned the screenplay.
"On breaks during rehearsals, we would sometimes slip outside our soundstage on the Paramount lot and get to swapping stories," Sorkin recalls.
"It's not unusual to have these mini-AA meetings. People like us are the only ones to whom tales of insanity don't sound insane. 'Yeah, I used to do that.'"